Custom dentures are a popular option for patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. We make custom dentures that precisely fit the patient’s mouth and provide excellent comfort and functionality. The doctors at our Altamonte Springs area practice offer both partial and full custom dentures, combining advanced dental implant technology with custom prosthetics for the best possible fit, stability, and lifelike appearance.
The dentists at LC&Z Dentistry are eminently qualified to provide Altamonte Springs and nearby cities with a number of options for dentures and additional tooth replacement options.
There are numerous reasons for missing teeth and their need for replacement. Replacement reasons can be for both functional and aesthetic purposes. When one or more teeth are missing, nearby teeth may also shift causing the entire bite to be skewed. If no action is taken, it can be quite expensive and challenging to fix. Dentures, bridges and implants provide a method for replacing missing teeth.
Dentures have a number of benefits for people with missing teeth. Dentures improve the appearance of the entire face by eliminating a sunken appearance. Dentures are also less expensive than implants and may be the procedure of choice for a lot of patients with missing teeth. Many of our patients have reported an improved quality of life as the result of getting dentures.
Dentures have many other practical benefits for those with missing teeth. Missing teeth may have a harmful effect upon the ability to speak. Dentures will help to restore the natural contours of the mouth so that proper speech patterns are achieved. Chewing will also be improved with a full complement of teeth and the need to only eat soft foods will be done away with. Dentures will stop the remaining teeth from shifting and the force of chewing will be spread over a greater area which protects any remaining natural teeth.
There are three primary denture categories:
Complete dentures replace the total dental arch and they’re removable. The have either porcelain or resin teeth and they’re made of a specially formulated denture resin. They’re designed as a replacement for the natural function and form of teeth in the lower or upper jaw. The anatomical structure of the mouth, saliva and opposing teeth are used to help the denture stay fixed within the mouth. The outcome can be visually appealing and improve functionality.
Partial dentures are made as a replacement for teeth that are missing in a smaller portion of the mouth. They normally are comprised of artificial teeth that are attached to a plastic base that is gum colored. The teeth are connected via a metal frame that keeps the dentures properly oriented within the mouth. We can use partial dentures when there are still healthy teeth remaining. They are held in place by the contours of the bone and gums with metal connectors attached to healthy teeth as a support.
Implant supported dentures are a kind of overdenture that are attached to and supported by dental implants. Conventional dentures aren’t supported with implants and rest upon the gums.
This type of denture is utilized in cases where the patient does not have any remaining teeth, but has a jaw bone that is robust enough to accept implants. There are attachments on the denture that connect to the implants.
Implant supported dentures are normally crafted to attach to the lower jaw since conventional dentures are often unstable there.
Normally, a conventional denture constructed to fit into the upper jaw is stable and does not require the additional support given by implants. Nevertheless, implant supported dentures can be used in both lower and upper jaws.
These dentures are removed each day in order to clean the gum area and the dentures. Similar to conventional dentures, a patient shouldn’t sleep with implanted supported dentures in place. Some patients would rather have fixed crowns and bridgework within their mouth that isn’t removable. Your personal preferences and needs will be taken into account when offering you removable or fixed options.
There are two varieties of implant supported dentures, ball-retained and bar-retained. In each case the dentures are constructed from a base that is made from acrylic that has a gum-like appearance. Attached to the base are acrylic or porcelain teeth that have a natural appearance. Both of these kinds of dentures require a minimum of two implants as support.
Bar-retained implant supported dentures require a metal bar that follows the curvature of the jaw with an attachment to several implants that have been put into the jawbone. An attachment or clip fits in the bar or denture or sometimes both. The denture fits on top of the bar and is clipped in place via the attachments.
Ball-retained implant supported dentures require that every implant within the jaw contains a metal attachment that is fitted into an attachment that is on the denture. The implant attachments are ball-shaped and they fit into sockets that are on the dentures or vice-versa.
Implants are normally placed into the jawbone in the front portion of the mouth since there is usually more bone mass in the front part of the jaw than the back portion. This is normally the case, even if the teeth are absent for a long time. Once teeth are lost, bone mass tends to diminish in the region. Additionally, the front portion of the jaw does not contain many nerves or additional structures that would impede implant placement.
The length of time needed for implant placement is dependent upon numerous factors. The least amount of time it could take would be approximately five months for the lower jaw. The upper jaw would take seven months. This would include the surgery and denture placement. Nevertheless, the process could take a year or even longer, particularly if bone grafting is required.
At this juncture, the patient is ready to give their denture framework a try to determine if the fit is correct. After the denture framework has been fitted to the metal bar or implant posts, there are teeth that are temporarily placed upon the framework within wax. The entire denture is then placed in the mouth. If all is well, the teeth are then permanently secured within the denture framework. The ball or bar attachments are secured as well.
You will need to return for an additional appointment so that the finished denture can be inserted. When inserted, it is snapped onto a ball or clipped on a bar attachment.
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